College of Medicine Honors Faculty and Community Health Providers

Published: Tuesday 24th of November 2015

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria last week honored more than 70 faculty members for their teaching, award-winning research and outstanding service for direct patient care at the Seventh Annual Celebration of Excellence. Also recognized on Nov. 11 were the recipients for the Community Health Awards. Excellence Award Ceremony

2015 COMMUNITY HEALTH AWARDS: Dr. Patrick Elwood was named recipient for an individual and the Human Service Center received the award for an organization.

The Community Health Awards are a 19-year tradition of recognizing special contributions in patient care, health-support services, medical education, research, wellness programs and disease prevention, this award is given each year to a local individual and organization. Recipients are selected by a committee composed of past recipients and representatives of local service groups.

2015 Community Health Award for an organization: Human Service Center

Celebrating 40 years in the community next year, the Human Service Center has evolved over the years as needs in mental health have evolved in central Illinois. The Human Service Center is a behavioral health center providing an array of mental health and substance abuse treatment services – providing inpatient and outpatient residential programs for both mental health and substance abuse; providing an on-site primary health care clinic in conjunction with Heartland Community Health Clinic; offering medication assisted treatment for individuals with substance use problems; and the Emergency Response Service – a 24-hour-per-day, mobile, police-dispatched, crisis intervention program. This last component, ERS, is a vital asset to the community – part of a crisis center, which incorporates medical detoxification and psychiatric stabilization beds in one location, which are alleviating some of the demand placed on hospital emergency departments.

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